We’ve spilled a lot of virtual ink about the Apple Watch in recent months. This doesn’t mean that we’ve forgotten about Cupertino’s top-selling product, the iPhone, or the 2015 handset models, which should arrive in September. The latest news about the so-called “iPhone 6s” lineup comes from AppleInsider.
Not surprisingly, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s and 5.5-inch “iPhone 6s Plus” are expected to “retain the same two screen sizes and casing enclosure designs” first introduced with the iPhone 6 lineup. This has always been the case with Apple handsets released in an odd year. The incremental iPhone 5s launched in 2013, for example, just as the iPhone 4s did in 2011.
The biggest, perhaps only, significant change to the 2015 iPhone lineup is the likely introduction of “Force Touch,” a process also arriving on the Apple Watch.
Apple has called Force Touch its “most significant new sensing capability since Multi-Touch,” lending some amount of credence to the idea that it could expand beyond the Apple Watch. Such a move could also require a corresponding switch to a flexible display material, however — electrodes surrounding the Apple Watch’s OLED display detect the level of deformation caused by the user’s press, a measurement not possible with rigid displays.
What about the once rumored “iPhone 6s mini“? It doesn’t look like Apple is planning to reintroduce a 4-inch iPhone, at least not in 2015.
The new iPhones will also be lacking a once rumored “two-lens” camera system, which is able to capture DSLR-quality images.
As AppleInsider concludes:
There are obvious hurdles to cramming another lens — and presumably camera sensor — into an already cramped iPhone 6 chassis. From a design perspective, tacking on another imager may not be ideal considering the current iPhone chassis is thinner than its camera module. A small controversy erupted when Apple unveiled iPhone 6 with a camera “bump” that breaks up the handset’s otherwise clean lines.
What’s the bottom line? The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be modest updates, at best. This should probably make iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users very happy, no?
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